Millennium Awards: Mark Ruffalo honored for green stance (no, not his Hulk role in 'The Avengers')
Going green is the new black, in the eyes of Global Green USA's 15th annual Millennium Awards, which on Saturday honored celebs Mark Ruffalo and the always-Earth-minded Ed Begley Jr. for their planet-first efforts.
Ruffalo was on hand in Santa Monica to receive the Entertainment Industry Environmental Leadership Award for his fight to ban hydrofracking, a controversial method of getting natural gas out of rocks by using chemicals and water (Don't even think about it, "Battlestar Galactica" fans). That'd be the same fight — which included setting up screenings of the film "Gasland" — that reportedly got him added to a terror advisory watch list last year.
"The Avengers" actor — fittingly, he is cast as the brightly hued Hulk — wasn't the only green celeb on hand to commune in the name of nature. Along with Begley, who took home the award for individual environmental leadership, and Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, who won the leadership award in 2005, famous names out in force to support the cause included model Miranda Kerr and actor hubby Orlando Bloom, Ed O'Neil, presenter Jamie Lee Curtis and Michelle Rodriguez.
Global Green USA, founded in 1994 as the U.S. extension of Green Cross International, a nonprofit created by former Russian President Mikhail S. Gorbachev in 1993, advocates for climate change solutions in areas including energy conservation, CO2 emission reduction, creation of green jobs and the securing of a more sustainable future.
— Jevon Phillips
Photo: Mark Ruffalo, left, Orlando Bloom, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick at Global Green USA's 15th annual Millennium Awards in Santa Monica on June 4. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images.